Over the past week, we’ve all witnessed the upsetting and heartbreaking stories of police brutality and racism and of what happened to George Floyd. He is one of the countless black people who was a victim of racism. Unfortunately, as we all knew before and as we know now, not everyone is treated equally and as they should be treated. You might feel like it’s easy to stay silent, that the support of one extra person won’t make a difference. But support is needed everywhere, from everyone, and everything that you do to support the Black Lives Matter movement counts. Here’s how you can support the movement and help make a difference.
Donate if you can
If you can spare some cash, there are many places you can donate your money to. No matter how small, every contribution can help.
Following George Floyd’s passing, his family set up a GoFundMe page to help cover costs of his burial, court proceedings, grief counselling, and the support and education of his children. You can donate directly to George’s family here.
Otherwise, there are many, many places you can donate online to help the #BlackLivesMatter movement. You can donate directly to Black Lives Matter on their website, as well as the Minnesota Freedom Fund, Black Visions Collective, Campaign Zero and many more.
If you don’t have any spare money to donate, there are still ways you can fund the movement. Certain YouTubers are donating the money they earn from YouTube ads to the BLM movement, so all you have to do is watch the full video, ads included, and the money earned will go straight to BLM. Sophia and Cinzia are one duo who are donating their Adsense money (check out the video here, and remember to watch it in full!) while the money earned from Maddie Cidlik’s Black Lives Matter video will also be funded towards the movement.
Support the movement online
There is a lot of negativity online at the moment, and while it can be tempting to scroll past the negativity to look for something more positive, it’s important to do what you can online to support Black Live Matter.
A lot of us can not physically show our support right now, so it’s more important than ever to show support online. Share people’s stories, retweet and like to your heart’s content to get the word out there and spread support. Share relevant information, but be careful of what kind of images and videos you are sharing, as distressing content will easily hurt others.
But most importantly? Listen. Listen to people’s stories, listen to what they have to say and listen to why this is so important.
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Educate yourself more
As much as it’s important to listen to what others have to say, it’s just as important to really educate yourself on the topic. This is up to you to do, and you shouldn’t rely on others to do so. You may think you know enough, but there is always, always more to learn: particularly you benefit from white privilege – which means you haven’t been discriminated over because of your skin colour.
There is always more to educate yourself on. The hashtag #BlackLivesMatter is saved for those making important points about the movement, with important worthy, informative efforts. On blacklivesmatter.com, there is a whole section on Watch + Listen, featuring activists and leaders from the Black Lives Matter Global Network community. You can also follow more people of colour on Instagram and Twitter to ensure your timeline includes diversity and education.
Don’t stay silent
Right now is not the time to stay silent. While what happened to George Floyd and countless others like him happened in America, there is racism in Ireland too. You can speak out against this by calling out friends and family members when they say something discriminatory, you can make sure to never say or do anything racist or discriminatory yourself and set an example to those around you. You can read more so that you have the knowledge to call out things when they are wrong. You can act with good intentions to always ensure you’re doing your best for everyone around you.
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